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This is why I exercise

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today was my womanly physical and when the nurse took my blood pressure, she came back with 116/72. I was so excited! The top number has never been that low and while the bottom number used to be 70, it was creeping up to 80 so seeing it come back down was great! My doctor was very pleased with my exercise program and wants me to keep up with the good work.



I'm so proud of me. Every day this week, I've been working out. Not that I'm doing anything Earth shattering. They are just 10 minute or less workouts, but I read that the most important thing is that I exercise daily, consistency. 10 minutes is a lot easier to do than 20 or 30 so I figured I would just strive for that every day. Some days I do more than 10, which is good. However, when all I can do is 10, I still make my goal and that puts a smile on my face which is very good.



Another thing I'm proud of is trying new things. Some of the workouts I could barely get through, but the fact that I tried has me patting myself on the back. In the past, I would be like "That's too hard." and just stop, but now, I'm listening for modifications. It's one of the reasons why I really like to do Coach Nicole's workouts. She will be like just keep moving. If you can't do this, just march in place. Sometimes that's been too hard and I'm just walking back and forth or making very small movements with my body. There used to be a time where I would be like what's the point. What's the point? What's the point? A body in motion is a good thing. What is in motion will tend to stay in motion. A body at rest will want to stay at rest and I find that if I just hang in there that eventually the body will find something it feels it can do and then I'm picking up the pace. If I would sit down and stop, that's where I would stay.



So tonight I took my daughter to her dance and it was nice to be bopping as I worked the raffle table and standing, not looking for a place to sit. Every day I'm improving. Every day, I'm getting a little more fit. Every day I'm working to my goal and that is a beautiful thing.

  
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ANGELN325 3/16/2014 3:48PM

    Thank you for all the encouragement. It was very nice to see this as I'm very sore from yesterday so I've been spending today doing housework and stretching, but at least I'm keeping busy and not letting myself go to rust.

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MOM2ACAT 3/15/2014 4:45PM

    Way to go! Even 10-20 minutes at a time adds up fast when you are doing it consistently.

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DEBADEAU 3/15/2014 2:06PM

    Great job! emoticon

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CRUISEBOUND2014 3/15/2014 6:59AM

    That is awesome! You have a lot to be proud of! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 3/14/2014 10:45PM

    You are doing AWESOME!!!

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OUATEONE2 3/14/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon emoticon You really can do it and there are thousands of examples out here in Spark land.

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SWEETLIPS 3/14/2014 10:01PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GREAT BLOG!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/14/2014 9:58PM

    Keep up the good work!!

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Feeling like I'm on the right track.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

For the first time ever, I feel like I'm heading in the right direction. It's not like I'm seeing any huge successes this year. It's just a feeling, a change in attitude that says this journey will be different from the rest. I've been focusing and committing myself to small changes and not moving in my usual let's get through this ramp up quickly, then feel overwhelmed and discouraged because there is no progress with this approach. Instead I'm trying to master a few things and slowly ramp up. The real test this year was when I found out I was losing my job. This should have shook me off my plane and put everything in reverse, but instead, I'm holding my ground! I'm still loving myself, focusing on my self-care, and realizing that there will be ups and downs in life, everything won't be perfect, but I can keep myself moving forward regardless.

Sometimes when a storm comes, it's meant for a reason. I believe the storm hitting me right now is to prove to me that I'm stronger and more motivated than I had ever realized and that is something to celebrate because my daughter is seeing it and that is helping her self-esteem. She's loving herself just the way she is now. She's learning healthy habits. She's becoming my biggest cheerleader and I'm honored to be experiencing all this.

The biggest, most important change this year has been seeing how long it takes me to eat and working towards the 15 minute mark. I'm getting closer to that goal and I'm so excited. Why you may ask? Because it's so important to managing my reflux and weight loss. This morning was when I was really celebrating. I remember when I would have 3 4" or 2 6" pancakes and 2 light sausages for breakfast. I needed this to feel full. Today I had 2 4" pancakes and 2 sausages and I felt the same fullness. It's actually several hours later, and I'm still full! Now maybe a little of it is because I'm sick, but I think most of it is because it took me 15 minutes to eat my breakfast. This was a goal I wanted to achieve because when I had the 3 pancakes, my carb intake was too high and at 2, my cars are in range. Carbs are important to me because of my pre-diabetes.

Another exciting thing was today was my weigh in and because it's TOM, I was mentally prepared to see the scale go up, but it was surprisingly at the same weight I was last week. Once TOM is gone, I will take measurements to see if there is any off scale victories. I've also decided to hold off my next fitness test until after my cold is gone because I feel I will not see any strides in that area as it's been very difficult to do any exercise, but I'm very proud of myself because I'm still trying. For once in my life, I feel like I'm moving forward or standing still. I'm not back sliding at tragedy or set backs. I'm realizing it's not all or nothing. What matters is that I do my best and try and that in itself is enough to give myself a pat on the back for.

  
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ANGELN325 3/2/2014 11:28AM

    Thank you everybody. I've been really sick, but still holding my ground so that's good.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/24/2014 2:35PM

    When the mind changes, the body will follow. Keep on going!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/23/2014 9:03PM

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NCGIRRL 2/23/2014 4:32PM

    You're doing great and have a great attitude!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/23/2014 3:24PM

    I'm a BIG proponent of following feelings. Chase after everything that makes you feel better!!

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RAESUN54 2/23/2014 3:09PM

    Good luck in this journey. Sounds like you really have things under control. It takes time to feel like, this is really going to work this time. I think it will.

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KOFFEENUT 2/23/2014 1:08PM

    You ROCK! Taking things slowly so you can truly master them is a terrific strategy, one that will help you be successful over the LONG run. And having your daughter see how you're approaching these challenges and the impact it's having on her self-esteem? That's PRICELESS!
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Bumps in the road are to be expected

Saturday, February 01, 2014

After staring off pretty strong, losing 4 lbs, and doing my first fitness test, I had my first bump in the road. This week has been a struggle to meet my water on a consistent basis and exercise. It seems like I have so much on my plate and after awhile I just collapsed. However, I'm not giving up. I just looked at the events and said what am I going to do about it? Well, for one thing, I decided that I will track only the things I'm trying to implement so the most important things I do is track my water, sleep, and exercise. If anything else gets tracked, that's a bonus, but I'm just going to concentrate on these things for now. As for my game plan to make sure I get back to being consistent at exercise, I looked at my Pinterest board and realized I have lots of exercises posted. I can rotate what I have there while continuing to look for more to add.

Today I went swimming with my daughter. It felt so good to work my body like that and I felt so relaxed afterwards. With all the stress I'm under, anything that gives me a break from that is a welcome relief so that just brought it home even more how important it is that I do exercise. So I'm proud of myself for seeing the trend and instead of just giving up, analyzing it and seeing how I can get over this bump. I'm very happy for what I accomplished today in getting me back into the exercise mindset, but the real proof will be tomorrow and how I get through that week. Hoping I have a plan for success!

  
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ANGELN325 2/3/2014 4:41AM

    Thank you for all the support.

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KOFFEENUT 2/2/2014 2:13PM

    Way to go on using exercise to deal with your stress! And figuring out where you're hitting bumps in the road and what you can do to avoid them is HUGE. Very smart way to set yourself up for success!
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CHERYL_ANNE 2/2/2014 11:53AM

    Narrowing your focus is certainly going to help you on your journey. Once they become an ingrained habit and you do them without even really thinking about it, maybe you will add a couple more to the mix.

Congratulations on being proactive!

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Much needed break

Monday, January 20, 2014

I went up north to visit my uncle and had some fun. I went snowmobiling with my daughter. It was a great workout and got me even more committed to strengthening my shoulder. I found a routine for abs that is standing so no pressure on my neck. How awesome!

  
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ANGELN325 1/22/2014 5:08AM

    Thanks for all the comments.

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STEPH-KNEE 1/21/2014 3:59AM

    Glad you had a great time! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 1/21/2014 12:10AM

    Glad you enjoyed your break!

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KOFFEENUT 1/20/2014 8:44PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT time out snowmobiling! And WOOHOO on finding an ab routine that works for you!
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I'm so proud of me

Friday, January 17, 2014

I've been really dealing with my situation well. I thought this would kill whatever motivation I had, but nope. I've been hitting the gym or exercising however I can. I haven't been turning to food like I thought I would although I do enjoy a yummy dinner. I did have a couple cries. Mainly because I'm going to miss some of the people there. That place had become my second family. I'm going to miss working from home, my time off, and just having work/life balance. I won't miss the stress and working to burn out though and I'm thankful that I'm being treated with some compassion. I do have time to look for another job...that is awesome because it's easier to get my dream opportunity while I'm working. However, if that doesn't happen, I have a severance package waiting for me so I can take a little break, regroup, and look for something after that since people don't really get breaks as consultants. Mainly I'm staying positive that this will all go for good. I can only hope and pray that everything will turn out for the better. I'm going to go see some family this weekend and just relax and then hit the pavement some more next week. I applied for a job at a company my friend works at. Keeping my fingers crossed. It would mean Caley and I would have less time together, probably wouldn't have time to work out at the gym, but it would be a job with good benefits and that would be enough for me. I will just have to up my game and creativity to get those minutes in.. I can do anything I set my mind to.

  
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ANGELN325 1/19/2014 9:23PM

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments.

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SEAFLOAT 1/18/2014 4:22PM

    Praying you find a great job soon! Take advantage of the down time when you get it to focus on yourself because when you do get another job you will probably be busy. I wish you the best!

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MOM2ACAT 1/17/2014 7:09PM

    Nothing wrong with having a cry or two to let those feelings out, and that is a much better way to deal with emotions than eating, so you are doing great!

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ANGELN325 1/17/2014 2:10PM

    Thanks!

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KOFFEENUT 1/17/2014 12:21PM

    You SHOULD be proud! Getting laid off can be very stressful and bring up lots of emotions. Figuring out healthy ways to deal with all that is a REAL success! You will develop a plan of attack for looking for your next opportunity, and your positive attitude will help you seal the deal. Hang in there!


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